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La Catrina Coffee Shop Owners Aim To Sell The Beloved Pilsen Cafe And Move To Mexico

The owners plan to move to Guanajuato City, Mexico, where they’ll open a community space.

La Catrina owner Diana Galicia, left, and employee Anayeli Garcia at the Pilsen coffee shop.
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PILSEN — After more than six years in Pilsen, the owners who founded popular La Catrina Cafe in Pilsen are planning to sell the coffee shop and move to Mexico, they announced Thursday.

Diana Galicia and her husband Salvador Corona, co-owners of the coffee shop at 1011 W. 18th St., wrote they will “begin the process of selling the café immediately” in a post on the shop’s Facebook page.

The family behind the beloved cafe and gathering place plan to move to Guanajuato City, Mexico, where they will open a community hub there.

“You guys showed us what we’re capable of and we want to bring that to another part of the world who needs it as well,” the Facebook post read. 

The cafe will remain open and Galicia and Corona will announce when they will leave the cafe at a later date.

“We are still open for business and will continue to be until we post a farewell date,” the post read.

The couple opened La Catrina in March 2013 and it quickly became a gathering place for residents in Pilsen.

“You guys have helped us create this beautiful community space, filled it with memories and love for 7 years and we will always be thankful for that,” they wrote.

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La Catrina Cafe co-owner Diana Galicia poses in front of photos taken during the Mexican Revolution in 2013.

In March, Galicia and her husband downsized the coffee shop by bidding farewell to its event space and outdoor patio. 

At the time, Galicia told Block Club “business had slowed down.”

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From the beginning, Galicia and Corona wanted the shop to be a place where neighbors could meet. They expanded La Catrina to include an event space roughly six months after opening the original shop.

Over the years, the cafe became a reliable spot for residents and neighborhood groups to host meetings, open mic nights, theater performances, book readings and signings, and various markets — all for free. Galicia and Corona were also founders of the The Gabriel Project, an organization that aimed to provide resources for young adult artists in memory of their son, Gabriel Cisneros, who died in 2016.

Following the announcement that the family is moving to Mexico, fans of the coffee shop took to Facebook to offer support.

“Such a great space you all created here in Pilsen. You will be greatly missed! However, Guanajuato (one of my favorite cities) will be blessed to have you. Best of luck on your new journey!” one commenter wrote.

“I’ll be sad to see you go, thank you for being my favorite coffee shop and making my favorite iced coffee. I have a lot of great memories in your shop! another wrote.

“Thank you for all the support you have given to our communities. It has inspired generosity and collaboration,” another person said. 

Galicia could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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